Kinshasa, 16 October, 2022 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The persistent violent clashes between members of the Yaka and Teke communities in Kwamouth territory in Western Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been occasioned by the “absence of state authority”, the Cardinal in the Central African nation has said.
In his Wednesday, October 12 homily during his pastoral visit to Kwamouth territory, Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo said that it was the responsibility of the government to ensure peace between the two communities.
“When the state quits, when it is absent, there will always be dark forces that will take over. This is what is happening in Kwamouth,” Cardinal Ambongo said during Holy Mass at St. Hippolytus Parish of Kenge Diocese with the intention to pray for peace between the two communities.
He added, “This group of people, who have intentions that we have yet to understand, have appropriated the power that naturally belongs to the state...simply because the state is not there, the state is absent in Kwamouth”
The Archbishop of Kinshasa urged President Felix Tshisekedi-led government officials to “live up to their responsibilities of ensuring peace and security to all citizens.”